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This page was last modified on Sunday November 18, 2012

“Lucky” indeed

By Jessica Youngman

I wanted a cat. I already had three at home but had recently lost my favorite, a large and somewhat mean Main Coon cat who “found” me while I was on an assignment for the newspaper I worked for shortly after college.

A few months after losing my buddy this past winter, I visited the Wayne County Humane Society to look at the cats.

Needless to say, though there were plenty of wonderful felines available for adoption, I fell in love that day with an old dog out in the barn that had a name I couldn’t resist. Lucky, a brown and white husky mix, wagged her tail and put her behind up to the metal grates of her kennel, obviously in hopes of a friendly scratch, when I approached.

A few days later I made arrangements to foster Lucky, who, at almost 10, had been at the shelter longer than any of the dogs. She seemed like the sweetest and smartest of the bunch but I was told would-be-adopters were usually turned off by her age. My only worries were how she’d fit in at our home. My husband and I have a 4-year-old son, three cats and a 3-year-old Husky mix that, despite two years of obedience lessons, hasn’t shed his wild streak.

The day we arrived to pick up Lucky she leapt into our car before we could get the door all the way open. She rode home with her head out the window, tongue in the wind, with a look of contentment I haven’t ever seen in a dog.

It has been but a month since we brought our old girl home. I am happy to report that she is fitting right in. She plays with our other dog just like she’s a pup, loves short rides in the car and long walks on the trails near our home. She comes to work with me once in a while, where she is the celebrity of the office. And she’ll do just about any trick in the book for a biscuit. We’ve also just discovered this adorable habit: When her water dish is empty she picks it up in her mouth and brings it to my husband or me for a refill.

The lesson here is, if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, consider the older ones. Puppies go quickly from the shelter while the more senior dogs have trouble finding homes. Yet puppies are usually much more work, with the potty training, chewing and almost constant need for supervision and training.

Six years ago we adopted a Rottweiler/boxer mix named Phoebe from the shelter. She had been there nine months and was nine years old. She was a gentle giant who we loved for three years until her passing. As of this writing, we have just made Lucky’s adoption final. We are hopeful that she’ll be with us a long, long time but we’ll be happy even if it’s a short while since we’ll know, despite our own heartache, that we made her last days happy ones.

Youngman lives in East Palmyra with her brood and is a former member of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors.

Webmaster's note: older animals (3 years and up) placed with older adopters (50 years and older) have the adoption fee paid by HSWC through our Adult Companion program.